After a Long Journey, My New National Park Title is Available

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I’m happy whenever I release a new book, as it signifies the completion of a project. But I have to say that I’m thrilled with the release of my latest effort — Barrier-Free Travel; California National Park Road Trips for Wheelchair-Users and Slow Walkers (www.CARoadTrips.com) — as it’s been quite the journey. Continue reading

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Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day!

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The roots of the National Park Service Junior Ranger Program date back to the 1930s, when Yosemite National Park launched their Junior Naturalist Program. That program ran until 1954, during which time other national parks launched programs for young visitors. Over the years these programs evolved and a national standard for the Junior Ranger Program was created in 2005. In 2007 the National Park Service celebrated the first National Junior Ranger Day. Continue reading

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Yosemite National Park Continues Reservation System in 2022

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Yosemite Falls

Yosemite will once again require visitors to have day-use reservations to enter the park between May 20, 2022 and September 30, 2022.

Visitors who have camping or lodging reservations will not be required to have day-use reservations. Continue reading

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Yosemite Institutes Early Access Lottery for North Pines Campground

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The National Park Service recently announced that it will open up an early access lottery pilot program for North Pines Campground in Yosemite National Park. The lottery will apply to reservations from July 21 to August 14. The regular reservation period for these dates opens on March 15, 2022; however winners of the early access lottery will be able to make reservations from February 18 to March 10, prior to the general reservation period. Continue reading

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San Francisco Residents Seek Injunctive Relief for Inaccessible Lyft Services

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car in trafficOn the surface it would seem that rideshare services like Lyft would make accessible transportation more available to people with disabilities. But that’s definitely not the case in the San Francisco area, and DRA Legal is trying to do something about it. More specifically they filed a class action lawsuit against Lyft last month, in an effort to compel the company to provide wheelchair-accessible services in the San Francisco area. Continue reading

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Yosemite National Park Closure Update

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yosemite-falls-2As the government shutdown enters the second week, the national parks that have remained open are starting to suffer the consequences of limited staffing. Yosemite is no exception, and as a result park officials recently announced more closures and restrictions in the park. Continue reading

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Deal Directly with National Park Concessionaires for Best Access

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Lake Yellowstone Hotel

Lake Yellowstone Hotel

Researching national park access can be tedious, especially where lodging is concerned. National park lodges are operated by concessionaires, who operate under strict guidelines, and are responsible for the repair, improvement and daily operation of the facilities. Continue reading

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Safari West Loses Accessible Bus in Wildfire

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Accessible tent cabin at Safari West will reopen in 2018.

Accessible tent cabin at Safari West will reopen in 2018.

Safari West – a favorite attraction of mine – partially reopened their facilities last month after the Tubbs Fire ravaged Sonoma county. Although much of the land surrounding this wild animal preserve was parched by the fire, the good news is that no animals at Safari West were injured or killed as a result of it. Continue reading

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Hot off the Press – My New Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon Book!

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Yosemite-cover-400x600I’m thrilled to announce the release of my latest accessible travel title – “Barrier-Free Travel; Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for Wheelers and Slow Walkers”. I had a great time researching this book – partly because I grew up in the area and I have fond memories of exploring Yosemite with my dad, but also because I now live close to the parks. And after 40 years of writing travel I’ve finally penned a book about my home turf! It’s about time. Continue reading

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Access Upgrades in California Redwoods

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All Access Trail at Hendy Woods State Park

All Access Trail at Hendy Woods State Park

Sometimes I just happen to stumble across cool accessible travel finds. Such was the case yesterday when Charles and I were checking out Hendy Woods. We’ve passed by this California state park many times — located off Highway 128 near Philo — but somehow we never managed to stop. Continue reading

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